Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - TEST BENCH - By Nidhi Sin­gal

Wa­ter-re­sis­tant smart­phone cam­eras with 4k and su­per-slow-mo­tion video ca­pa­bil­i­ties are strong con­tenders in the ac­tion cam­era space, al­though staunch ad­ven­ture en­thu­si­asts will dis­agree. The re­cently launched GoPro’s Hero 6 Black is a fine ex­am­ple of why ac­tion cam­eras are here to stay.

GoPro Hero6 Black has a cam­era and sta­tus screen in the front, a 2-inch touch dis­play at the rear, a but­ton to power on/off and switch modes, a quick cap­ture but­ton on top and charg­ing port, card slot and battery hid­den un­der dif­fer­ent re­mov­able cov­ers in a com­pact rect­an­gu­lar­shaped body. There is, of course, a sea of GoPro ac­ces­sories that can be pur­chased, but the Hero6 Black is ac­tu­ally ready to use right out of the box.

It can be mounted on a tri­pod or at­tached to a hel­met us­ing the stick mounts and is per­fectly wa­ter re­sis­tant till upto 10 me­tres. I strapped it on my leg to cap­ture un­der­wa­ter footage and at­tached it to my hel­met to cap­ture dune bash­ing and while rid­ing the quad­bike. De­spite the crazy move­ments, the videos weren’t shaky at all. De­pend­ing on the res­o­lu­tion used, I was able to switch be­tween wide, su­per view and lin­ear fields of view.

The cam­era can be op­er­ated with­out un-mount­ing it us­ing voice com­mands – I could start and stop record­ing, switch to time lapse, cap­ture im­age and more. How­ever, the voice com­mand to turn on/ off the cam­era failed to work. The GoPro Hero 6 Black sup­ports wire­less con­nec­tiv­ity. When I paired it with my phone us­ing the GoPro app, my phone be­came an elec­tronic viewfinder us­ing which I could switch modes, change set­tings and con­trol the Hero 6.

GoPro Hero6 has the same de­sign as the Hero 5 Black, but when it comes to func­tion­al­ity it is well up­dated. It is ideal for pro­fes­sional use.

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